Iowa And Iowa Iowa State Crack AP Top 10 For First Time Ever

By RossWB on September 7, 2021 at 4:19 pm
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I knew Iowa would move up in the rankings after their win on Saturday; they demolished an opponent also ranked in the Top 20 and a handful of teams ahead of them also managed to get upset in a mildly topsy-turvy opening week for the 2021 season. That said, I didn't quite expect them to go all the way up to #10 in the new AP rankings, but... 

The full AP Top 25 is listed below: 

RANK TEAM POINTS
1 Alabama (59) (1-0) 1571
2 Georgia (4) (1-0) 1507
3 Ohio State (1-0) 1437
4 Oklahoma (1-0) 1374
5 Texas A&M (1-0) 1288
6 Clemson (0-1) 1231
7 Cincinnati (1-0) 1136
8 Notre Dame (1-0) 1070
9 Iowa State (1-0) 1045
10 Iowa (1-0) 942
11 Penn State (1-0) 908
12 Oregon (1-0) 883
13 Florida (1-0) 842
14 USC (1-0) 789
15 Texas (1-0) 683
16 UCLA (2-0) 668
17 Coastal Carolina (1-0) 384
18 Wisconsin (0-1) 376
19 Virginia Tech (1-0) 359
20 Ole Miss (1-0) 335
21 Utah (1-0) 334
22 Miami (FL) (0-1) 229
23 Arizona State (1-0) 222
24 North Carolina (0-1) 198
25 Auburn (1-0) 83

Iowa also made a move upward in the new Coaches Poll, landing at #12 in the new rankings. 

RANK TEAM REC PTS
1 Alabama (64) 1-0 1624
2 Georgia (1) 1-0 1537
3 Ohio State 1-0 1491
4 Oklahoma 1-0 1397
5 Texas A&M 1-0 1334
6 Clemson 0-1 1239
7 Notre Dame 1-0 1197
8 Cincinnati 1-0 1113
9 Florida 1-0 1058
10 Iowa State 1-0 1057
11 Oregon 1-0 920
12 Iowa 1-0 914
13 Penn State 1-0 872
14 USC 1-0 828
15 Texas 1-0 653
16 UCLA 2-0 538
17 Wisconsin 0-1 359
18 Utah 1-0 294
19 Coastal Carolina 1-0 289
20 Ole Miss 1-0 285
21 Virginia Tech 1-0 274
22 North Carolina 0-1 252
23 Oklahoma State 1-0 243
24 Miami (FL) 0-1 185
25 Arizona State 1-0 181

The new rankings set up a CyHawk game on Saturday that is not just a game between two ranked teams (for the first time ever) but a Top Ten game. Less than a decade ago, Iowa and Iowa State played a game that ended 9-6 and both teams combined to go 10-15 that season. Suffice to say the trajectory of both programs has improved just a bit since that forgettable 2012 campaign.

This is only the second time ever that Iowa State has been ranked heading into an Iowa-Iowa State game; the first came in 1978, when they were ranked #20. Iowa has been ranked heading into 13 previous CyHawk games, most recently in 2019 when they were ranked #19. Both teams have done well when ranked entering the game; Iowa State is, er, 1-0, having won that 1978 game 31-0, while is 12-1 as a ranked team in the series, with the only loss coming in 2005. 

Rankings this early in the season don't mean much in terms of teams' actual quality -- there are three 0-1 teams in this ranking, after all -- but they speak volumes about the expectations associated with those teams. The CyHawk game has never seen a stage like this, nor has it ever featured two teams with expectations as lofty as these teams possess. Let's see which team gets to make a bit more history on Saturday and whose expectations for the season will be dented. 

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